By Jonathan Easley - 02/28/12 02:21 PM EST
“It’s obviously an uphill battle,” said Romney. “I was 15 points down just 10 days ago, but we’re making progress. The last debate really helped a lot, so I’m hoping to pick up a lot of delegates today.”
Rick Santorum’s surprising three-state sweep of contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri pushed him to the top of the polls in Michigan. While some polls showed him with a double-digit lead in the Wolverine State, the Real Clear Politics average of polls was never greater than nine points.
Still, Romney did have to mount a comeback, and did so on the strength of last Wednesday’s debate in Arizona, where he and Ron Paul took turns battering Santorum over his record as a senator from Pennsylvania.
Two polls released primary day now show Romney and Santorum in a virtual dead heat in Michigan.